'Empire' Star Jussie Smollett & John Legend to Be Honored at NAACP Image Awards

Jussie Smollett
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Jussie Smollett attends the "The Divergent Series: Insurgent" New York premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on March 16, 2015 in New York City. 

Entertainer of the Year will also be revealed during TV One’s Feb. 5 live broadcast.

Empire’s Jussie Smollett and John Legend will be among the special honorees saluted during the NAACP Image Awards. The 47th annual ceremony will be broadcast live via cable network TV One on Feb. 5 (9-11 p.m. ET; PT tape-delayed) from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

Smollett is among the eight individuals and organizations selected by the NAACP to receive the 2016 Chairman’s Award for “using their distinct platforms to be agents of change.” Past honorees include Aretha Franklin, Bono and director/producer Tyler Perry. Legend will be presented with the President’s Award in recognition of special achievement and distinguished public service. The nine-time Grammy Award winner and Academy Award winner will join such previous honorees as President Bill Clinton, Muhammad Ali, actress Kerry Washington and director/producer Spike Lee.

The NAACP’s additional special honor, entertainer of the year, will be revealed during the telecast. Among the star talent expected to attend are Will Smith, Viola Davis, Ice Cube, LL Cool J, actor Michael B. Jordan, award-winning producer Shonda Rhimes and Empire’s Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson and co-creators Lee Daniels and Danny Strong.

Anthony Anderson (ABC-TV’s Black-ish) will host the NAACP Image Awards, preceded by a one-hour live red carpet pre-show co-hosted by Terrence Jenkins and Tracey Edmonds. Reginald Hudlin and Phil Gurin are the executive producers of the two-hour special.


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